New resources are being made available to employers, training providers and employment professionals to help alleviate London’s social care skills shortages.
Ambition London, funded by JP Morgan Chase Foundation, has authored two new toolkits.
These are intended to promote skills-sharing and tackle common misconceptions of careers in both the health and social care sectors.
It is known that health and adult social care sectors face an acute shortage of skilled workers with too few entrants, poor career progression and poor retention.
And as London’s population becomes steadily ‘greyer’, the shifting demographics inevitably pose healthcare challenges.
The toolkits have been developed in conjunction with experts from Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy for Health.
And the new initiative is intended to clearly articulate the benefits of a rewarding career in both the social care and health sectors.
The toolkits also provides training providers and employment professionals with better information to support people who are unemployed or in long-term low-paid work.
Stephen Evans, chief executive at Learning and Work Institute, which runs Ambition London, noted the importance of health and social care to the general population.
“We are all going to have to rely on health and social care services in some way during our lives and all of us expect the highest quality services for our loved ones. Not only is this vital sector under enormous pressure financially, but shortages in skilled workers are set to get worse as we rely less on migrants post-Brexit unless urgent action is taken.”
While Ali Rusbridge from Skills for Care outlined some of the statistical reality that the healthcare faces in the coming years.
“We know that we’ll need around 275,000 more workers in adult social care by 2025 to meet the growing demand for services. In a sector where the average age of workers is 43 years old, we’re working with employers to inspire the next generation of care workers. We have been delighted to be involved in Ambition London and to develop materials which help set individuals’ ambition for working in social care in East London.”
Candace Miller, Executive Director Learning Services and Consultancy, National Skills Academy for Health, believes that the toolkits can help both healthcare professionals and patients.
“The health sector is ever evolving and the need to provide a highly skilled workforce, who can apply those skills to a variety of settings and specialist roles, continues to be a challenge. Ensuring employers, learners and providers have the right information advice and guidance about programmes and the funding routes available is key to achieving this aim. Providing access to this information allows individuals to take ownership of their career and thrive in the workplace.”
The toolkits are available for download at: http://sfh.skillsplatform.org/ambition/